We will remember them
24 July 2014
UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid visited the CWGC St. Symphorien
Military Cemetery in Belgium ahead of the commemorative events on
Details of a national day of commemoration to mark the centenary
of Britain's entry into the First World War were set out by Culture
Secretary Sajid Javid today.
Solemn services of remembrance in London and Glasgow and a
commemorative event in Belgium will be attended by members of the
Royal Family and senior politicians from Britain, Ireland, Germany,
Belgium, and the Commonwealth built around the themes of
remembrance, youth and education.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid who leads the Government programme
"A hundred years on, the sheer scale and sacrifice of the
First World War demand remembrance.
"Breaking with tradition, we are marking the start as well
as the end of the conflict so that the anniversaries of the war
will improve our understanding of its causes, conduct and
The 4th August events
- A Service for the Commonwealth at Glasgow Cathedral - 10.00am
- Commemoration at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's St
Symphorien cemetery in Mons, Belgium - 7.30pm GMT, 8.30pm CET, to
8.30pm GMT, 9.30pm CET
- A Service of Solemn Commemoration at Westminster Abbey - 10pm
How you can get involved
There will be similar events taking place across the UK in
Anglican churches, including St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast and
Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, and by acts of reflection in places
of worship of other denominations and faiths.
You can also take part in Lights Out, from your home or
workplace, by switching off your lights from 10pm to 11pm, leaving
only a single light or candle lit. This will be a UK wide moment of
reflection which will mark 100 years since the start of the First
World War. You can show your support for Lights Out by signing up
to a Thunderclap.
During the day you can stay informed of the different events
taking place by following #WW1Aug4 on Twitter.